BECK, ROBERT WAYNE Bob Beck was born in Eureka, Utah but spent his adult life in Maryland. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1949 and served four years most of that on two Navy ships, the U.S.S. Mullany and the U.S.S. Yosemite. He worked for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. for over 33 years, retiring in 1987. Bob was at the cutting edge of new broadcast technology, including the creation of microwave systems for radio and television broadcasters. During his early years with C & P, he helped set up this new system in the White House. This allowed the President to address the nation from the White House, requiring minimal telephone company involvement. He spent a great deal of time at the White House (including Camp David), and local broadcast stations during this period. Special Navy training brought him to Washington, D.C. where he met and married Joan Cass. Last September they celebrated 62 years of marriage. They raised two sons and traveled extensively across the U. S. and later internationally. Bob and Joan were always a devoted couple who enjoyed doing things together. Besides travel, they were always boaters on the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. This eventually made them leave Clinton, where they spent 20 years, and brought them to live in Annapolis. They were members of the Annapolis Power Squadron for many years. Bob is survived by his wife Joan and two sons, Robert Wayne Beck, Jr. (wife Susan) and Christopher Cass Beck (wife Karen), and seven grandchildren most around him when he passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014. A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, April 19 from 1-4 PM at Taylor Funeral Home, 147 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis. Inurnment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake, 90 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122 or the Anne Arundel County Library Foundation, 5 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Capital on Apr. 17, 2014